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KU Newsletter (june 2016)
KU Hosts a Symposium on Korea-Central Asia Partnerships in Agriculture

During May 17-18, the Institute for International Development Cooperation at Konkuk University (KU) hosted a symposium titled “Establishing a New Silk Road between Korea and Central Asia” in light of KU’s 70th anniversary. Ambassadors from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan as well as scholars from the three countries discussed partnerships in agriculture.

On Tuesday, May 17, KU Professor German Kim presided over sessions that focused on policy aspects. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sang-Gi Min, who is also a professor at the Department of Bioindustrial Technologies, gave a presentation on government policies to promote cooperation in agriculture between Korea and Central Asian countries. This was followed by speeches from Ambassador of Uzbekistan Botirjon Asadov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan Dulat Bakishev, and Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan on Korea’s partnerships with their respective countries.

An academic symposium took place on Wednesday, May 18, under the theme of the “Future of Korea-Central Asia Agricultural Development.” KU Professor Mi-Jung Choi of the Department of Bioresources & Food Science chaired the sessions delivered by professors from both Konkuk and Central Asian countries. KU Professors Sang Mok Lee and Kun-Ho Seo of the Department of Veterinary Science gave presentations titled “Preventative Strategies against Avian Influenza” and the “Use of Probiotics for Agriculture and Public Health,” respectively. Professor Hong Gu Lee of the Department of Animal Science and Technology discussed a “Nutritional Science Study on Ruminants.” Professors from Tashkent State Agrarian University, Kazakh National Agrarian University, and Kyrgyz National Agrarian University also presented on a wide range of topics, such as the potential of a joint agricultural technology park between Korea and Uzbekistan, issues in introducing Korean agricultural technologies in Kazakhstan, and developments in poultry farming in Kyrgyzstan.

The Institute for International Development Cooperation at KU was established in 2014 with the goal of sharing Korea’s know-how with developing countries. So far, the institute has carried out various projects related to agriculture, biotechnology, health, and IT. Professor Min, who heads the institute, expressed that he hopes the symposium would serve as an “academic foundation for shared prosperity between Korea and Central Asian countries through agricultural cooperation.”